What’s New?

Pay Stations relocated to Sheltered Pathways!

The Pay Station machine at the southwest corner of the building has been moved. Construction scaffolding and work in the area made the station inaccessible, so the Pay Station has found a new home under the covered walkway on the way to the passenger platforms. By February of the new year, two new Pay Stations will be placed back to the southwest but not against the building. And yes, the machine itself will replaced with a city-wide procurement of new pay stations. Also, at the center-front of the parking lot, a single machine will be in place along the new entry walkway from 4th Street.

The single machine which saw little use on the north side of the building, near the Amtrak bus bays has also been relocated. It now resides under the covered walkway next to the building on the path to/from the Main Waiting Room.

Both of the existing machine relocations were driven by construction related activity and were not planned as permanent locations. The Phase 2 project is funding a total of five new machines as part of the grant, and parking services has planned for a total of eight machines on site, one existing in the western parking lot near the bus turnaround. Let us know how these new locations work for you and we’d like to hear from you on alternate locations!

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New Pay Station location on west side of pedestrian walkway.


North side paystation move to under canopy along covered walkway on north side of station on route to/from Main Waiting Room.

New Pay Station locations in place by end of February 2015, shown in red.

Construction has begun on Phase 2 of the Sacramento Valley Station Renovation and the Opening of the new West End Parking Lot!

The City of Sacramento is happy to announce the upcoming completion of a reconfiguration of our west end parking facilities and the restart of improvements for the historic depot building. These improvements will result in long term benefit for rail passengers at the Sacramento Valley Station.

West End Parking

Parking will re-open to the public on November 10th with the addition of 44 spaces above the previous lot configuration. Passengers will find separated pedestrian walkways through the parking lot that will give convenient access to commuters accessing the northern platforms via the established walkway along the historic platforms next to the light rail tracks (see map). A pay station is conveniently located in route to the platforms.  In addition, passengers may use the City’s mobile payment service.  Instructions are found on the machine.

West Tunnel Map

Suggested parking during construction. Old Sacramento Garage and new West Parking area. Follow route in blue for pedestrian access to platforms and station. (Click for larger image)


Pay Station Upgrades

The Parking Services Division is finalizing a procurement of new pay stations.  The new pay stations will process transactions more quickly, and there will be more pay stations throughout the parking lots. More information forthcoming.

Sacramento Valley Station – Phase 2

Construction has begun again at the depot with job trailers installed west of the passenger walkway to the platforms. Work has started on foundation repairs in the basement and work will begin on the station south entry side Wednesday November 10th.

Site Plan Landscape-cropped

Site Plan of project complete. New 4th Street entry path and parking to be complete and open mid-February.

The focus of this work is to establish a new direct pedestrian entry to the building from 4th Street with the addition of a new Pay Station kiosk and five accessible parking spaces.

A great benefit to passengers will be a pedestrian-priority direct and level walkway to the station front from 4th Street, the will do away with the large curb step up and the meandering path through the parking lot. This new entry will be available for use by February 13th  in the new year.

Unfortunately, the sequencing of work and the start date required will have an impact on access in this area during the holiday season. The City of Sacramento is aware of the inconvenience this work will cause to commuters and travelers during the holiday season and is therefore implementing a number of measures to mitigate the impacts to Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin passengers –

  • New directional signage has been placed at 3rd/I Streets, 5th Street, and along I Street directing station parking access to 2nd and I Street garages.
  • Avoid accessing station parking at the 5th Street entry – this area will see high congestion
  • 44 new spaces in West Parking lot –enter and exit at 2nd Street at I Street.
  • New Pay Station locations – in West Parking Lot
  • Continued Early-In rate reductions at Old Sacramento Garage – under the freeway at 2nd & I Streets
  • Accessible spaces increased – additional spaces in West Parking Lot, accessible space count maintained at depot
  • Holiday passenger Drop-off at 4th & I Street – Passenger drop-off will be available along south side of I Street between 4th & 5th Thanksgiving holiday dates are 11/25 to 12/01. Christmas holiday dates are 12/23 to 12/29.

By February 13th, 2015, the entry to the station front will be re-established with a direct path from I Street.

Other work on-going between November 12th and February 13

Work will be proceeding on exterior restoration of windows on the south and west sides of the building, as well as terra cotta and masonry cleaning and repairs. Protected scaffolding will be in place which will separate work areas from the public.

Construction partitions will go up on the far west side of the Main Waiting Room to provide access for the construction of new Amtrak ticketing room and interior restoration of the historic finishes.

Work will begin on infilling the historic ramp area which will become new retail space and bicycle facilities. In the interim during Stage 2 of the construction in the Main Waiting Room, this area will serve as overflow passenger seating area.